The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Moday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a decision that could overturn Amendment One in North Carolina. Immediately following the ruling, NC Attorney General Roy Cooper announced the state would drop its opposition to lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the statewide ban.
The long-awaited audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. The City of Asheville paid $175,000 for the audit following reports of missing drugs, guns, and money.
In a recent Op-Ed published in Time Magazine civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith explained why he volunteered to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees. Goldsmith, who is a U.S. Army veteran, writes "even the most despised person, perhaps especially the most despised, has that right to a vigorous defense. He spoke with David Hurand.
It could be many months before the court battle over who controls the Asheville Water System is over. That's according to Asheville City Attorney Robbin Currin. Monday, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning struck down a 2013 law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that transferred control of the water system to a regional authority and the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Asheville City Council is closing in on adoption of the proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. The 147.5 million dollar spending plan includes a 3% pay raise for many city workers, funds for Sunday bus service, a bump in some fees, but no increase in city property taxes. While the focus is on this years' spending plan, a recent decision by the North Carolina General Assembly has city officials casting a weary eye on crafting the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget. David Hurand has our story.
Seventy years ago, June 6th 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy began. The effort to liberate Europe was scheduled to take place June 5th, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the invasion. A team of meteorologist worked on the forecast for D-Day, but General Dwight D. Eisenhower leaned heavily on the Scotsman who lead the team, James Martin Stagg.
John Ross is the author of THE FORECAST FOR D-DAY AND THE WEATHERMAN BEHIND IKE’S GREATEST GAMBLE. He spoke with David Hurand.
Campaign finance reports indicate representative Tim Moffitt of Buncombe County is his own best client when it comes to paying for services provided by his publishing company, InTouchNC. Moffitt, who is seeking another term in the State House, is being challenged by Democrat Brian Turner. Reporter Jon Elliston recently interviewed Rep. Moffitt for the Carolina Public Press. He spoke with David Hurand about the Representative's media company.
Attorney Todd Williams’ resounding victory in the Democratic Party primary will end Ron Moore’s run of nearly 24 years as Buncombe County’s District Attorney. At this point, Williams name is the only name that will appear on the November ballot. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about what Moore’s defeat means for the yet to be released audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence room.
The Short Session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway Wednesday in Raleigh. The session is used to tweek the state budget. Carolina Public Press Capital Bureau reporter Kirk Ross told David Hurand the short session may live up to its name.
There are 17 people running for office in tomorrow's primary for Buncombe County. But since this is a midterm election, Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jon Ostendorff says turnout at the polls tomorrow is likely to be low.